From a program recorded on January 25, 1990, Charles Amirkhanian interviews the Chinese American composer, baritone saxophonist, and political activist, Fred Ho about a scheduled performance of his ballet “A Song for Manong”. A Harvard educated sociologist turned composer, Fred Ho’s music has been heavily influenced by the music of John Coltrane and Charlie Mingus as well as the politics of the Black Panther Party and the plight of American immigrants. In this brief interview he talks to Charles about his musical influences and his more recent compositions. The two also listen to a few excerpts of Ho’s work, including his “A Song for Manong” which is both a ballet as well as the soundtrack to part 3 of his longer work “Bamboo That Snaps Back”.
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